Dismiss your Inner Bully and take back your awesomeness.
Study Abroad is all about trying new things and stepping out of your comfort zone. When you do this, however, your Inner Bully is more likely to try to sabotage you. Your Inner Bully is that critic inside your mind that creates the negative chatter and self-doubt.
You’re an idiot. You’re going to look stupid. You aren’t good enough. These are just a few examples of what your Inner Bully might sound like. Its whole mission is to make you feel bad and avoid taking risks.
The reality is that everything on Study Abroad is uncomfortable. If you’re living in a second language even basic things like calling a restaurant to make a reservation can become a terrifying and time-consuming ordeal. Your Inner Bully will take an already uncomfortable situation and make you feel even more self-conscious.
When you notice your self-talk is negative remember your innate awesomeness. You’re courageous for going abroad and stepping out of your comfort zone. The more you start to dismiss your Inner Bully and embrace your awesomeness the faster you will become comfortable being uncomfortable.
Continue to put yourself out there and be willing to accept yourself regardless of the outcome.